Please Read, Obama wants to take away vets health benefits

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Dear Friends and Associates,

Sorry for the bother, but this information is very important to our work. The following communications are between veterans containing links to government documents explaining how Obama is breaking his verbal and written promises along with our countries promises to veterans in a very costly way so he will have more money for Acorn and others who support him and did nothing for our country or anyone else.

Andrew

SEND THIS TO ANYONE YOU KNOW THAT'S RETIRED MILITARY, WE CAN"T LET THIS BILL PASS. I'VE HAD ENOUGH ON OUR PRESIDENT CHANGE. HE WILL TAKE IT FROM US AND GIVE TO THE HOMELESS. AND DRUG ADDICT. Change is about all we will have left..... "Another benefit subject to change is V.A. medical benefits.

> Everyone who is receiving a benefit from the V.A. for a service related injury will have to be re-assessed and the proposal states this will affect "90% of vets receiving V.A. benefits and will save the government $53 Billion dollars over 10 years." I guess that we will all pay for the poor judgment of others. About Obama's Heath Care proposal on Active Duty Military Families and Veterans. Everyone, My office just got word today that our new President Obama has proposed a plan to cut military health benefits!

> This is great news for the 99.9% Veterans and Active Duty members who are currently using health care benefits. The Congressional Budget Office has made public a proposal stating that Veterans (you know the men and women who have fought in wars and spent 20 plus years in the service) are now going to be paying up to 50% of their medical bill. That's a big jump from paying nothing for the past 30 some odd years. The biggest kicker is Active Duty Military (yep, I said Active Duty) will now be paying 10% of their total bill. They will now be billed for their kids visiting the doctor. Again, a big jump from being free! Another benefit subject to change is V.A. medical benefits. Everyone who is receiving a benefit from the V.A. for a service related injury will have to be re-assessed and the proposal states this will affect "90% of vets receiving V.A. benefits and will save the government $53 Billion dollars over 10 years." Needless to say, today is the first time I have heard from the few Obama supporters in my office say "if this gets passed they will not continue to be a supporter". Isn't this the candidate that just a few months ago was preaching to get healthcare coverage to ALL!

Isn't it ironic and moronic to steal $53 Billion from vets and active duty military families so the Crack Head down the street will receive free medical coverage. GREAT NEWS!! If you're as upset as I am then write your elected officials so hopefully some of the dummies running this country see the light and would never ever dream of taking away a penny from a military member! Here are some links to article.

> http://soldiersmind.com/2009/01/07/propo...

> http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php...

> Feel free to Google if you're in dis-belief. Below is a message from an Army General who also points out some links and ways how to contact your elected representative. Subject: FW: TriCare for Life's Future Date: Thu, 8 Jan2009 09:14:10 -0800 To All, This is for real. The heavy assault has begun on Veterans'/Retirees' benefits to pay for other programs. The word on the street is that these indeed are a high priority of the Obama administration.

> The one most of interest to Retired Military is in Article 189. If approved by Congress the first assault wave would hit the beaches in 2011 and would hit hard. It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees to pay the first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year cost of $2,888 per person. would be indexed to increase with inflation. A reason given for this action (for PR effect) is "overuse" by Retirees.

For those of you who are covered by TFL you will want to pay attention to what BG Bob Clements has surfaced about the future of TFL. If you know of anyone who is Retired Military, please forward this on to them. I don't know how many of you partake of the TriCare for Life program but here is a very interesting note on the subject. Seems as though our President has placed a priority on cutting it out of the budget as a means to provide funding for those things he promised during the campaign. In any case, on page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report, see the note below on how to get to that spot, there is a strong recommendation to eventually eliminate the program as it is too expensive.

I would ask that you contact your elected officials and register your strong opposition to the elimination of this program. Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country. Thanks for listening. Heads-up from BG Bob Clements, USAF Ret (P38 Bob) The following has been added to the Congressional Budget Office Web Site http://www.cbo.gov/ a. Budget, Options, Volume 1: Health Care

(http://www..cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=9925

http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=9925

For those who have never opened one of these web sites from OMB : 1. Double click on the above URL > 2. click on PDF 3. click on the binoculars 4. do a search for TFL

------------------------------------------------------------------------"Now here it is folks and I will guarantee if you sit around on your behind and do nothing about it as they bring these options forward this coming year, you will lose one of the best healthcare benefits that the Medicare eligible retired military have. It is short of the promises made that we fought so hard for back in the late 90s and early 2000s but it is still the best healthcare program that anyone in the United States has, bar none. People who are professionals always look for the channel of least resistance when it comes to cutting money out of the Federal and DOD budget. I can tell you this straight on, military retirees are one of those channels of least resistance noted for sitting around, doing nothing, and waiting for ole Joe to do it for them. You had better wake up. Your medical benefits are prime target. If you lose them, you have nobody to blame but yourself. Let me repeat that ... you have nobody to blame but yourself. The way to secure your benefits is to write to your members of Congress and to keep writing and writing and writing. ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH!! Keep repeating the above statement until you are blue in the face. Now I'm going to make one more statement to all of you younger people out there who are not yet eligible for TriCare for Life. HEALTH CARE WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME THE DOMINATING FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE. Remember that . . . . it will impact you big time with the utmost in cruelty unless you are fortunate enough to die from a heart attack . . . or get run over by a truck. Now, I am going to attach AGAIN exactly what OMB has in store for military retirees using TFL. This source is directly from OMB and is not something that I have dreamed up. They are telling you exactly what they are going to do with your benefits. If you do nothing, this is what you will get. The service organizations will put up a fight and are aware of this and will put up a fight but, they will need your help and can't do it by themselves. I hope this makes it clear as to what you can expect if you do nothing. To show you how stupid these professionals can be at times if you will read the attached document closely you will see that in spite of the MTFs (Military Treatment Facility) need to get patients back to keep their doctors busy and the hospitals from going to clinic status, these people from OMB would employ a means to keep retirees from using MTF facilities by charging them a fee for services. How dumb can you get. Even if you are an Obama lover, and believe that changeth cometh, TFL option from OMB will not go away. They need the money they spend on you for other programs for people who produce nothing but votes to keep their boss in office.

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Chelsea - posted on 02/25/2009

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Ridiculous! Our veterans deserve the best of everything as far as I'm concerned! I live in a city outside of Nashville and I swear that everytime they do a story on the homeless here on the news it's on a veteran who has fought for our country! Also our VA Hospital here is always in A LOT of trouble! The same hospital my grandfather, a Pearl Harbor survivor, has to visit regularly! The healthcare in this country is ridiculous.

Crystal - posted on 02/23/2009

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Yea, and with our pay, or at least my husband's we can't really afford to pay co-pays, that's what is great about having free healthcare, even if they don't offer enough choices. It's bad enough I'm going to be paying $2500 just to have the right to give birth in my own home.

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So, I'll have to pay for the crummy health care that I get. My husband is active duty, and sometimes we get good doctors, but a lot of the time I wonder if they really know what they are doing. This really worries me. I know two people who are very disabled from the Iraq war, and I worry what this would do to them. And to my uncle who has mental problems and doesn't work because of it, and his only health care is the VA.

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2009

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I am also affected, as my husband is active duty but honestly I'm worried about what this will do to my grandfather.

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